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Total Resistance (Anglais) Broché – 1992
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+ this book benefits from an excellent introduction by Wendell W. Fertig.
+ the book emphasizes coordinated resistance between military/militia units and the civilian population
+ this is a good practical manual for civilian sabotage and roadblocks.
+ this outlines the structure of how civilians coordinate action while keeping op-sec.
+ when the technology is gone, this book's methods will continue to be useful
- This is a scanned reprint and difficult to read, though not impossible.
- either the author is too protective of civilians, or he undervalues what civilians can accomplish
- The list on page 135 of the enemy's goals with regard to educating the young is, sadly, almost complete
Great, great book. It stays on my shelf. There may come a time when we need to implement some plans against our would-be leftist conquerors. Von Dach knew how necessary it is to resist the communists. Anything is better than being enslaved by the left.
For a fictionalized guerilla war story, set in America and applying Von Dach's approach, try "Indian Country" by Kurt Schlichter.
Nonetheless, the book is still highly relevant to the modern, American reader. The general strategies, maxims and insights still hold true. As a book on the mindset and process behind guerrilla warfare, I have yet to ready anything superior. Additionally, the author spends a great deal of time on 3 things that are almost always absent from other treatises: 1) the methods of the enemy to psychologically and socially disrupt resistance to its occupation; 2) how to form and grow secure social organization which will allow for resistance and guerrilla groups to form and survive; 3)the implications and issues of establishing PR, propaganda, finance, etc. for the resistance. Even the classics on guerrilla warfare, such as Mao's and Che's books, avoid these topics almost entirely and focus more upon a general notion of 'spirit of resistance' or on tactical considerations.
Dach's book spends good time on the issues related to guerrilla field operations, but he also equally covers the civilian resistance aspect (i.e. non combat/interdiction related) and the enemy's methods of organizing and conducting himself.
There are also various maps/illustrations in the book that initially appear quaint or simple, but will illustrate the various concepts well without a lot of "clutter" that you might find in a book that was too specialized. Invaluable are photographs or illustrations that illustrate, for example, the best spot to hang explosives on a railroad tank car, or how to best and most expediently sabotage a bridge. These sorts of illustrations are also consistently lacking in most of the literature on this subject.
In the end it's an excellent source, especially considering it's brevity and cheap price; tremendous value.
The book is obviously dated as it was written in 1958, which is now 56 years ago. The book is written around a condition like WW II, where Switzerland would be attacked and overrun in part or in whole, and the war continued, and the Swiss could expect some relief at some time in the future.
He talks about guns, and points out that almost all Swiss homes have guns, and that the people would give them to a resistance as the occupier would confiscate them all, or kill people found with guns. It should be noted that the Swiss now and for decades have their army guns at home if in the reserve, or there former army guns if they have retired from the reserves. The Army rifles would be the equivalent of the US M-16, with a fully automatic capability. This is about what they could to to discomfort the enemy.
I liked the way he finished the book: "We must and will win this battle since each Swiss male and female in particular believe in the innermost part of their hearts - even if they are too shy and sober in everyday life to admit or even to speak about it - in the old and yet very up-to-date saying: "Death rather than slavery!"
Anyone interested in guerilla warfare by a European country may find this book interesting.
Amost all other works on insurgency deal with handling thwarting them when the danger is to you, your unit or your country. Total Resistance however, details the building of an insurgency, from the nuts and bolts of creating an insurgant unit, it's security techniques, along with general instructions on some types of saboteur actions against an enemy.
In a long-ago life, I trained insurgents for military operations against some of America's enemies at the time. Von Dach book by no means covers it all, but it gives the reader many of the ground work starting points to building a successful insurgency operation.